Protein-Energy Malnutrition and Dysphagia – Breaking the Cycle through Early Intervention

Research by Hudson, et al., entitled “The Interdependency of Protein-Energy Malnutrition, Aging and Dysphagia” published in the journal Dysphagia highlights the importance of proper nutrition management in people with swallowing disorders (dysphagia).  Protein-Energy Malnutrition is defined as an unintentional loss of greater than 10% of usual weight in less than 6 months. Muscle weakness leading to increased risk of aspiration (food going down the wrong pipe into the airway), breathing difficulty and skin breakdown (bedsores) have all been described as consequences.  The authors stress early identification of substandard nutrition to prevent the serious health consequences of malnutrition.  

Swallow Solutions will soon be starting a market evaluation of thickened protein beverages.